Will a broody kick out infertile eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by spatulagirl, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. spatulagirl

    spatulagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2010
    Harpers Ferry, WV
    I have a broody Silkie setting on some eggs. I did a staggered hatch with her and took the one chick she hatched out last week. We should have some chicks hatching this weekend.

    We started off with five eggs for this hatch due this weekend. One disappeared last week or so. Last night I snuck out to candle the four remaining eggs and saw one was totally empty but I forgot to grab it when I left. I just checked on her today and that eggs was missing (or at least I hope it was that egg!). I searched and then found some smashed egg pieces in the coop.

    So I guess she pushed it out? Is that possible? I haven't seen her move from the nesting box since she went broody. I started giving her food and water in there so she wouldn't starve!
  2. ChicknThief

    ChicknThief Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2008
    Nor Cal
    A broody hen will set on a golf ball without thinking twice haha.

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